Curatorial Intensive in Accra: Public Symposium

Curatorial Intensive in Accra: Public Symposium
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

W.E.B. DuBois Centre
1 Circular Road - Cantonments
Accra, Ghana
FREE and open to the public

The participants of the Curatorial Intensive in Accra will present the exhibition and project proposals they have developed throughout the course of the program.

The Curatorial Intensive is a weeklong professional development program that brings together emerging curators for the opportunity to exchange ideas, develop their curatorial practice, and learn from their colleagues. Please see the program page for further information.

Participants include: Bruno Alves de Almeida (São Paulo, Brazil), Juliana Caffé (Cape Town, South Africa), Joseph Gergel (Lagos, Nigeria), Frank Kofi Gyabeng (Kumasi, Ghana), Rose Jepkorir Kiptum (Nairobi, Kenya), Isaac Osei Kwadwo (Accra, Ghana), Kabelo Malatsie (Johannesburg, South Africa), Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo (Kumasi, Ghana), Ernestine White (Cape Town, South Africa), and Raquel Wilson (Dakar, Senegal).

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April 25, 2017

W.E.B. DuBois Centre
1 Circular Road - Cantonments
Accra, Ghana


Bruno Alves de Almeida

Bruno Alves de Almeida (b. 1987, Salvador, Brazil) is a curator who lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil. He holds a Bachelor degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto, Portugal (2009), and a Master’s degree in Architecture from the Accademia di Architettura, Mendrisio, Switzerland (2013). Previously, Almeida worked as an architect in London, UK (2010-2011), and as a curatorial assistant at the Fondazione Archivio del Moderno, Mendrisio, Switzerland (2012). He is founder and curator of SITU (2015–ongoing), a platform for artistic production and research that investigates the dialogue between art, architecture and the city as a tool to problematize socio-spatial aspects of contemporary urbanity. The project commissions site-specific works for the external spaces of Galeria Leme (São Paulo, Brazil) that relate to the adjacent public space and to the building designed by the renowned architect Paulo Mendes da Rocha with the office Metro Architects. Bruno de Almeida has recently developed projects with institutions such as: Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA; Pivô Art and Research, São Paulo, Brazil; Kunsthalle São Paulo, Brazil, among others. And is currently collaborating with Harvard Graduate School of Design in an exhibition and book due to early 2018. His research and projects have been published in: ARTFORUM International Magazine, USA; ATLÁNTICA Journal of Art and Thought, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Spain; TELLING #2, T+U Architectural Publications, Portugal; Revista aU – Architecture & Urbanism, São Paulo, Brazil; Bamboo, São Paulo, Brazil, among others.

Juliana Caffé

Juliana Caffé (b. São Paulo, 1983) is an independent curator, editor and researcher on contemporary art. She holds postgraduate specializations in ‘Curatorship’ from University of Cape Town – UCT (South Africa), in ‘Art: History, Criticism and Curating’ from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo – PUCSP (Brazil), and a BA degree in Law from the same institution. She worked at the Associação Cultural Videobrasil between 2013 and 2017, on the programming of the exhibitions and other activities of Galpão VB. Among the curatorial works are: the Cambridge Artistic Residence, a project which puts forward artistic and cultural proposals in the Ocupação Hotel Cambridge, an occupied building in downtown São Paulo. This project was the recipient of the 2016 APCA award for ‘urban appropriation’; the Seminar: Thinking about Latin America | Political and Cultural Panorama (Videobrasil, São Paulo, Feb/Mar 2017); the exhibition How to Remain Silent? (A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, Oct/Nov 2017); and the project Conversations in Gondwana, a platform of research, experimentation and studies in contemporary art between Africa and South America. Currently, she received the Temporada de Projetos 2018 prize to hold the exhibition From Silence to Memory at Paço das Artes (São Paulo, Brazil).

Joseph Gergel

Joseph Gergel is an independent curator and art adviser based in Lagos, Nigeria. Over the last four years, he has worked closely with contemporary African artists to produce exhibitions in Lagos, Johannesburg, Cape Town, New York, London, Miami, Amsterdam and Dubai. He has served as co-curator for three editions of the LagosPhoto Festival, the international festival of photography in Nigeria, as well as a curator for the African Artists’ Foundation, a Nigerian non-profit organization. Gergel currently works as a Curatorial Adviser to Art Twenty One and Arthouse Contemporary, two contemporary art spaces in Lagos, as well as a curator for Moon Man Studios, a creative agency based in London. He is also the director of the Arthouse Foundation, a non-profit artist residency program in Lagos. During his time in Nigeria, Gergel has developed public art programs in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, and the Mondrian Fund. He has also written for contemporary art publications including Foam Magazine, Aperture, British Journal of Photography, DIS Magazine, and Art Africa. He received a Master’s Degree in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a BA from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, with a concentration in Photography and the Philosophy of Images.

Frank Kofi Gyabeng

Frank Kofi Gyabeng is an independent curator based in Kumasi, Ghana. He is currently a student at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, College of Art in the MFA Curating program. With the help of a few collaborators, he is working at the moment to realize his exhibition project.

Rose Jepkorir Kiptum

Rose Jepkorir Kiptum (b. 1989) is an independent curator working in Nairobi, Kenya. Her curatorial projects include: Wrong Number (2016), Telling their Stories (2016), Democracy my Piss (2016) and 28 Words in Maputo (2015). While working at Circle Art Agency (2013-2016), she assisted in producing various exhibitions and the annual Circle Modern and Contemporary East African Art Auction. In 2016 she was awarded a Curatorial Program Research scholarship to participate in the research residency; We are (not) one - Artists, Curators, Institutions and Diversity in Latin America, she also participated in the inaugural Goethe-Institut (Nairobi) curatorial workshop and is an alumni of the Asiko International Art School.

Isaac Osei Kwadwo

Isaac Osei Kwadwo is multimedia storyteller, who believes in telling stories from a global perspective. His early volunteering work with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) drew him closer to studying and understanding divergent perspectives when it comes to Humanitarian support. His interest in art led him to blog actively on art and artists in Ghana and across the sub-region of West African. He recently curated an exhibition titled “Let’s Talk Sh*t” for the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF Ghana).

Kabelo Malatsie

Kabelo Malatsie (b. 1987) lives and works in Johannesburg. She has a Honours in Curatorship from University of Cape Town and an undergraduate degree in BCOM Marketing Management from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Art History at the University of Witwatersrand. Her research interest is in exploring other funding and institutional models that are rooted in their viability within the South African context. She has curated some exhibitions in Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as interviewed a few artists. She was one of the participants of the 9th Berlin Biennale Young Curators Workshop. In 2016 she was on a research residency in Switzerland.

Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo

Mavis Tetteh-Ocloo is currently pursuing her MFA in Curatorial Studies at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. She holds a BFA in Painting from the same institution. She has been part of the curatorial team for the annual exhibition held by blaxTARLINES, a project space for contemporary art at the Department of Painting and Sculpture, KNUST. Since her participation as an artist in the 2014 exhibition held at the Nubuke Foundation, titled KNUST End of Year Show (the first of the annual exhibitions), she has played a curatorial role in the following: The Gown Must Go Town (2015) and Cornfields in Accra (2016), both held at the Museum of Science and Technology in Accra, Ghana.

Ernestine White

Ernestine White is currently the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Iziko South African National Gallery with just over 16 years of experience in the visual arts sector. Her professional accomplishments include being the Acting Director for the Iziko South African National Gallery, serving on the National Arts Festival’s artistic committee responsible for coordinating the visual arts programme at the Grahamstown Festival and selecting the Standard Bank Young Artists winner for the Visual and Performance Arts categories. Recently Ms. White has been judge and adjudicator for competitions such as the Vuleka art competition, the Taxi Art Award and the Sanlam Portrait awards. Spanning eight years White has worked as the Exhibitions and senior projects coordinator for the Parliamentary Millennium Programme, an initiative of the South African Parliament to develop projects and programmes related to nation building. She is also an artist whose work features in a number of major local and international collections. A career highlight has been the inclusion of her work into the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Ms. White completed a four-year Bachelor degree at the Sate University of Purchase College in New York, a two-year Master apprenticeship at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography in New Mexico to become a Tamarind Master printer. Ernestine White returned to South Africa in 2001 to complete her Masters degree in Fine Art and in 2014 completed an Honours in Curatorship diploma at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Raquel Wilson

Raquel Wilson is an independent curator, anthropologist and cultural strategist who explores the mutation of visual and performing arts across cultures. Dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations, she is a Senior Partner at Young Art Collector, an art consultancy that engages artists and collectors in supporting an inclusive and lucrative global art community. Formerly Curatorial Director for the Brooklyn-based arts organization DOPE SWAN, Raquel was responsible for guiding the professional practices of emerging artists, and providing programming that engaged and connected creative talents with the local community. Raquel has curated several exhibitions including the 13e édition de Dakar Women’s Group Art Show (Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, 2015), Figuro Abstro: Sink or Swim (Dak’Art Contemporary Art Biennale OFF 2014), No Jheri Curls & No Drugs: A David Lee Photo Exhibit (Brooklyn Historical Society, 2009), Brooklyn Influence featuring the work of Jamel Shabazz and Amanda Adams-Louis (Corridor Gallery, 2009) and a group showing of mixed media works from fifty artists in We’ve Gotta Have It!: Art Inspired by Spike Lee (Salena Gallery, 2009). For Dak’Art OFF 2016 (Dakar, Senegal), Raquel designed “La Ville et Moi: Art Adventure Mystery Hunt”, a programme that integrated and initiated children, ages 6–13, into art spaces around the city. As both anthropologist and curator, Raquel studies the transformation of traditional into contemporary art forms and is dedicated to keeping access and education in the forefront of art conversations. She divides her time between Accra, Ghana and Dakar, Senegal.

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